The pirated Black Pearl

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Closing the skylight and start the cladding.
Surprisingly the little skylight window was well cut, of course it needed a little sanding here and there but otherwise not bad. The structure was completed with some scratched up ID card wallet and was left to dry.
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The tail of the upper deck seemed strange, parts are now obviously missing is great quantities, the curved top made sense but had nothing to support it so a fair amount of balsa was needed.
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But it seemed to be taking shape and the Stained Ash was doing a great job of hiding the variances in material selection.
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Clad the upper deck.
So I've now officially run out of wooden strip for the planking, I guess 10 pieces wasn't going to cut it. Using 3mm Balsa I cut the strips and began laying them across the upper deck hull.
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I seem to have 2 types, a crazy soft Balsa and a much tougher type, the later carries a decent grain pattern.
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You can see the difference in shade.
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The wires for the Aft lamps pass through a gap in the balsa and are covered with the Ash veneer.
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The joins and gaps in the layers were filled with plaster, this was also rubbed into the soft balsa to prevent excess scratching and denting due to it being so soft.
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Then all as usual is covered in black (tar) oil based paint. I'm quite liking the holes left by the pins, gives it a tad more detail.
 
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The hand rails and stairs..
The supplies to the ship are seriously dwindling, what I have doesn't seem to match the plans, what I don't have seems to be only what I need. It's HMS Terror all over again!
So using 5*5 Balsa, I tried fabricating the post that would hold up the rail.
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Which just looked wrong, so I figured I'd disguise the mess with a rope or chain that could hang from the tops.
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I experimented with the eyelets, I didn't fancy drilling through the wood as it's almost unworkable at this size. I decided on modelling wire, coiled around a 2mm Dia pin. I snipped the end of at an angle and used the sharp end to pierce through the end grain.
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Glued and painted black, it seems to work... in a really rough way, but better with the eyelets dry brushed .

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Now the sides of the ship, again no posts here, so I whittled.
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And crushed and bent and glued.
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Time to bring you up to date!!
So last week and this week I've been on the steps.
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The great thing here is that I had tonnes of stairs but no bloody instructions for them.. and of course I ballsed this up by using the wrong size in the wrong place..
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Which meant having to remake all the parts just by looking at the various photos of the completed build around the net.
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I did, however have some lovely bannisters.. too large but nothing a knife and file couldn't sort out. What's 5mm between friends?
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Oh and they didn't give me enough of them! Of course.
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Thank God it's the BLACK pearl... This paint will cover up everything!
 

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Love this build.
Your willingness to try and make a silk purse out of a sow's ear and the perseverance to overcome the obvious shortcomings where most would have binned it long ago.
I would love to try something the same, but I just wouldn't have the skill or the patience. Think it's a terrific idea and a great thread Thumbs-Up
 
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The missing pillars of The Black Pearl...

As I'm looking through reference pictures of The Wuhan Spirit, I notice decor not included in the kit.
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These seem to be pillars placed at each side of the captains quarters entrance..
This needs fusion (Autodesk CAD package)
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And a 3d printer (Phrozen LED) the resin has a much high resolution than FDM (Glue Gunish technique).
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Then glued into place.
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And then I realised that I'd picked up the wrong can of paint, instead of my usual mat black I'd grabbed the enamelled gloss!
You can see how 'glossy' the banisters are.. next up retouch!
 

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Ikea
I got pretty stuck to be honest, wasn't sure where to go next. The online instructions seem to become fragmented after the hull top deck. There are no measurements, no real directions in an order, it seems all decorative.
So I started to decorate, first came the chests and chart cabinet. Using a resin printer, 4k Phrozen Sonic, cured and painted... black.IMG_20210317_110722.jpgIMG_20210317_111852.jpgIMG_20210317_112131.jpgIMG_20210317_112137.jpg
 
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The Ship's wheel.
Yet again, the fake kit provides rubbish when it could have simply not bothered. Check out the Wheel supplied:
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6 spokes of junk polythene, so small it can't fit the spindle hole. This would need a remodel but first I needed to collect the pedestal parts to gain the scale.
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The pedestal parts seem to be all ok aside from the axel, which I took from a tooth pick. You can see the difference in sizes between the two wheels.
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3mm x 3mm Balsa sticks made from 5mm sheet, glued in a 8 spoked star. Modelling wire was made into a band and fitted to the spokes that would then create the handles but filing the tops into nodules.
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Paint it all black, hides the deflects and gives it that Pirate Glow.
 

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Stairs and Corrections
The steps were a disaster, I had used the wrong steps for the upper deck and thus didn't have the correct sizes for what I now needed.
Balsa 3mm thk sheet to the rescue once more, Modelling wire and black linen thread.
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These begin the journey to the lower decks.
Now the correction, initially, and I'm sure you've already spotted it, the Wheel was positioned backwards, this needed a switcharo and I added a dirty little close up.IMG_20210324_134050.jpgIMG_20210324_134114.jpgIMG_20210324_130745.jpg
 
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Match Sticks, Nets and a dirty Anchor.

So without a proper plan, no dimensions can be had. Photos from the web, cross referencing actual plan of similar ships with the Black Pearl. To me the masts seem just that little too small, the ship looks squashed???
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There's not even a top sail, and the fastest ship in the seas has got to have a shed load of sails surely..
So I found this little beauty.
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And knowing that the advert for the kit clearly stated 1:49 scale, I started to dimension it up... ignoring the scale and simply just measured the hull I had in-front of me. So the masts were cut and the black cotton was acquired.
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And I spent the next month making nets!
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and I know what you're thinking... "with extended masts, where are you going to put this thing?" funny thing is, I haven't got a clue..

Match sticks: Done and done shitly. (The red stain is my blood, you need to bleed into a good project, like the dark lord did when he started his jewellery ring project)
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You Dirty 'anchor!
I was supplied a proper shite anchor, like absolute crap. Too small, burnt out and rubbish.
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So I had an idea to cast my own,
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Yea, it didn't work out, I'm going to need to redo it, I'll probably 3d print and dry brush silver all over it.

Now the little treat.. got a little something extra.
Got myself a little 5quid drill, 5v motor attached to chuck via a counter sunk screw.
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Drainage.
 

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